December 12, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar, Punjab (December 12, 2013): Stressing on Panthic unity at this critical juncture, Dal Khalsa head H S Dhami appealed to leaders of the Sant Samaj to be sensitive towards the Sikh situation and stop raising controversial issues including Nanakshahi calendar that have a potential of creating divisions amongst the community.
He termed the demand made by members of the Sant Samaj before the Jathedar of the Akal Takht to revert to the Bikrami calendar as an attempt to derail the morcha launched by Sikh activist Gurbakash Singh to seek the release of 6 Sikh detainees, who had served their legal prison terms.
In a statement to the media, he said the issue of the calendar has potential to divide the community and the timing chosen by the Sant Samaj to rake it up, smells that “there was more to it than meets the eye”.
He claimed that a large number of youth and Panthic groups were rallying behind the cause of Gurbakash Singh, who is fast unto death since Nov 14. “Wittingly or not, Sant Samaj has brought the controversial issue to fore to divert the attention of the Sikhs from the main issue”.
Detesting the claims of the Sant Samaj leaders that Nanakshahi calendar had created confusion, he said the mixing of Nanakshahi with Bikrami led to the very confusion and division.
While accepting that Sant Samaj members has a right to air their viewpoint on all issues, Dal Khalsa leader said they must wait till the issues raised by Gurbakash Singh’s gets resolved.
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